Archive for March, 2011

James Everett Graseck – Recklessly Romantic

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Heard and felt the melody’s sweeping and moving waves. Whipped out camera spotting him. IRT Subway Station, N, R, 6th Avenue.


New America Media: Advice for Reporting on Quake and Tsunami in Japan

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Advice for Reporting on Quake and Tsunami in Japan

Editor’s Note: New America Media correspondent Yoichi Shimatsu was asked to write a comprehensive guide to covering Japan’s triple tragedy—earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown danger—by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma [] at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A veteran environmental issues writer and editor, Shimatsu filed this illuminating article. More than a professional “Tip Sheet,” it includes insights about the concerns and dangers triggered by the disasters in Japan.

Read entire article here.

The SPJ Black Hole Award

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Goes to Utah Legislature and the Utah Governor “for plunging their state into an abyss of secrecy through the most regressive piece of freedom of information legislation in recent history.”

Read entire article here.

Spring Semester: Highlights, MEDP 292, Section 1

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

First draft of first article assignment (essentially what interviewed students say about the pressing issues in their lives). Everyone TF’d. Didn’t read the guidelines.Rewrite of first draft: Many TF’d the rewrite. Either didn’t read the guidelines or ignored them. One pair of eyes went red, tears.


Like their peers in MEDP 292, Section 2: Talented. Smart. But so undisciplined. Don’t know yet how many may bite the dust.

Spring Semester 2011: Highlights Thus Far, MEDP 292, Section 2, Introductory News Writing

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

I don’t accept late assignments yet he asked me several times to read his first draft even though he knew the grade was F. I refused. But he kept insisting, I kept resisting until he said, QMFE, “Well one of my friends, a journalism student, read it and thought it was good.”

I took the bait.


NYT and the Julian Assange Smear Campaign

Monday, March 7th, 2011

By Peter Hart, March 2, 2010

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange believes people are out to smear him and his organization. That much seems clear. Today (March 2) the New York Times’ Ravi Somaiya writes a piece that would seem to confirm those suspicions.

Read full blog here.

Street Shoot Outside Hunter West Building

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

March 3, 2010

Saw the tripod. Then the production crew. Then this thought: Students on a shoot.



The Public vs. the Media on Unions, Deficits

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

By Peter Hart, March 1, 2011

The New York Times reports its new poll (3/1/11):

As labor battles erupt in state capitals around the nation, a majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits, according to the latestNew York Times/CBS News poll.

That’s big enough news, and once again cuts against the People-Don’t-Support-These-Overpaid-Union-Workers trope.

But there’s more. When the poll asked about fixing the deficit, people had a message rarely heard in the media: Read entire FAIR blog here.

Humility: What Interning Meant to Me – White House Blog

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Posted by Patricia Moscoso on March 03, 2011 at 05:00 PM EST

My summer as a White House intern redefined many parts of my life, but in a very literal sense, it gave me a new meaning of the word “humble.” When I applied, I was nineteen and wondering how I could possibly contribute to the work of our government. When I was chosen for an interview, I was shocked. When I was accepted, I was floored. The White House staffers who gave me the amazing news that day would teach me so much about committing to a team and never taking this opportunity for granted.

Read entire blog here.